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[Originally posted on 03/22/18.]

 

We’ve been waiting for this cinematic co-op game for a few months now with anticipation, and Hazelight Studios delivers in a big way with: A Way Out for the PC. I’ve been searching for a good co-op game, and was glad to finally get a chance to play this one. A Way Out is a couch or online co-op only game where you play the role of one of two prisoners in a daring escape from a maximum-security penitentiary and continue beyond into each character’s lives. Play A Way Out with your friends for free using the Friends Pass free-trial.

 

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Firing up our newest Ryzen™ 5 2400G processor driven system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that performed within our typical Radeon™ target of +50 fps. I played through the first few prison scenes to get an idea of both outdoor and indoor performance. The following are my recommended settings.

 

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I did notice that resolution has a much greater effect on performance than most of the settings themselves. For the Radeon™ RX 560 – the difference between Medium and Max settings was a few frames per second, but the difference of 1080p vs 900p gave us a much better cushion of minimum frame rates. The combination of resolution and medium settings gave that particular card enough headroom to enable framerates that kept us in our monitor’s FreeSync range for smooth, tear-free gaming.

 

As always head to amd.com to grab the latest Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition to get your Day 0 performance enhancements LINK.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/20/18.]

 

Warhorse Studios has launched one of the first big titles of 2018, Kingdom Come Deliverance. It’s an open world RPG set during the 1400s with quite a bit of story and combat all rolled up into one big adventure. For those of you firing up this title, you’ll notice just how beautiful this game looks when you max out your settings.

 

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Firing up our new Ryzen 7 1800X processor-based system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that consistently gave above 50fps. I used the opening section of the game, where you are really just fulfilling item quests, but there didn’t seem to be a big shift in performance when more characters ended up filling the scene.

 

The following are the recommended settings:

 

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The only case where I struggled to find a good balance was with the Radeon RX 560 where I flipped between 720p->1080p, and 900p-1080p. This upscaling method is generally used for consoles, where the UI gets rendered at 1080p, while the game itself is upscaled from 900p. It is a good compromise for performance vs image quality, and with additional tweaks with the graphics settings I think we found a real good option for Radeon RX 560 owners.

 

Make sure you are using the latest Radeon Settings Driver (in my case Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2), to get the latest Day 0 performance enhancements from AMD here.

 

 

Adam Kozak, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 03/07/18.]

 

BEST FOR:

  • Digital content creation and multimedia playback
  • Well-rounded user experience

 

Summary

 

THE LENOVO IDEAPAD 720 IS A VERSATILE PLATFORM THAT IS READY TO DELIVER A POWERFUL AND FLEXIBLE EXPERIENCE, FROM PLAYING GAMES TO VIDEO CONFERENCING.

 

Lenovo recently brought the IdeaPad 720 to the table, featuring Radeon™ RX 560 graphics. Making a statement with its minimalist chassis design, impressive matte Full HD display, and integrated Harman speakers, the IdeaPad 720 is a machine capable of tackling a variety of tasks. The discrete graphics chip accelerates many applications to bring the power needed in modern digital life. This laptop also boasts fantastic gaming performance, as it is able to effortlessly deliver fluid 60+ fps experiences across a variety of today’s most popular titles.

 

Key Hardware Specs:

  • 15 Inch, 1920×1080 LED Display
  • Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Radeon™ RX 560 Graphics (Driver: 17.12.1)
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory onboard, can be configured up to 16GB DDR4
  • 1TB HDD with up to 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

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Unboxing the IdeaPad 720 reveals premium materials and metal surfaces, giving the laptop a clean appearance. With the polished and mirrored edges along with the angular sides and slim profile, the laptop looks very modern. The notebook feels robust when held and seems rugged enough to withstand a few accidental drops.

 

KEYBOARD

 

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Under the lid, this laptop features a black and white chiclet keyboard surrounded by a matte aluminum surface – great for warding away fingerprints. The F-Keys are programmed with useful macros that can be handy for video conferencing, such as toggle camera and toggle mic. The keys also have a controllable backlight with two brightness settings, making this laptop perfect for finishing late-night work in a dark environment, such as on an airplane.

 

SOUND

 

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The notebook has integrated Harman speakers on the front corners on the bottom of the chassis. The speaker system provided crisp sound, and at around 80% volume, music could be clearly heard on the other side of a small room, making the notebook great for showing friends a neat playlist.

 

DISPLAY

 

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The IdeaPad 720 also features a 15.6” 1920×1080 LED display attached to the chassis with a robust single hinge. The display has good color depth, and washout is minimal as viewing angle increases. The thin bezels make the screen look fantastic. The high saturation of the display makes photo editing a breeze with a strong distinction of nuanced hues. With the excellent viewing angles, there are no problems with watching movies with friends.

 

INSIDES

 

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Removing the back plate of the IdeaPad 720, we can get a good look inside the notebook. The first thing to notice about this laptop is that the memory and HDD are wrapped with anti-static sheets to protect against accidental static damage to sensitive parts. Since most of the components in this laptop are connected to the motherboard by cable rather than solder, there is a lot of potential for upgradability – the SSD slot (protected by electrical tape) looks particularly inviting. The unit we tested was not populated with an SSD, but Lenovo does offer this platform with up to 512GB PCIe SSD options. Adding an SSD can allow this laptop to achieve lightning fast boot times, so you can get back to your work sooner. The asymmetric exhaust fans spread the fan noise over a greater range of frequencies, making the fans sound quieter. While playing games on this laptop, the fans can barely be heard. The fans connect to the CPU and GPU via a dual heat-pipe design to provide ample cooling.

 

PORTS

 

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For the ports suite, the IdeaPad 720 has exactly what you would expect to find on a premium laptop. The IdeaPad 720 supports the latest in connectivity with 1x USB-C port. Lenovo included an interesting 4-in-1 card reader, which will support SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC cards. The Ethernet port has a hinge mechanism that swings out when you plug a cable in and collapses when you take it out which keeps the profile of the notebook slim when detached.

 

Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Port
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • USB-C
  • Headphone and Microphone Combo Jack
  • HDMI

 

BOOT TIME

 

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To determine the speed of this system, the boot time was measured from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. 33 seconds is quite fast for an HDD. Many older laptops may take much longer to boot.

 

DISK

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance. Two tests were conducted for both read and write:

  • Sequential. Data is interpreted in a continuous order. This would be similar to how a new, unused disk would behave.
  • 4 Kib Random. Data is interpreted in randomly placed 4 Kib chunks across the disk. This would be similar to how a heavily used, fragmented disk would behave.

 

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The included HDD is a Seagate ST1000LM035, which is a 1 TB 5400 RPM drive with SATA connection. This allows plenty of room to host photos, movies, and games with fast load times due to the 100+MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The 4KiB random read/write speed scores are a good reminder to periodically defrag your HDD for optimal performance. With the option to upgrade disk space with an SSD, there is the potential for even better loading times and faster bootups.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

For all new laptops, it is recommended to update to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

With the help of the included Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 is able to demonstrate some impressive performance in the tested benchmarks. The Radeon™ RX 560 with IGP shows up to a 5.4X performance improvement with running a Photoshop script in comparison to the IGP alone. The discrete graphics card gives the laptop a significant performance boost in the PCMark 10 and 3DMark benchmarks across the board, and allows the laptop to reach frame-rates of over 60fps for many popular game titles. When the IdeaPad 720 is used with just the integrated HD 620, gaming performance drops well below the 60-fps threshold of fluid graphics. Paired with the Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 becomes a laptop that is a great choice for just about any task.

 

Productivity

 

The test compares the amount of time it takes to run a sequence of filters and effects in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystallized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

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Synthetic

 

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Benchmarks

 

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Gaming

 

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CONCLUSION

 

Boosted by the Radeon™ RX 560, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720 gives a little bit of everything. Not only is it a great productivity tool, but the discrete graphics card also really helps drive the laptop to be an all-purpose star. When running a Photoshop script, the Radeon™ RX 560 could complete the task by up to 5.4X compared to the IGP doing the same task. The Radeon™ RX 560 also made the laptop a gaming-capable machine – e-sports ready straight out of the box vs. the sub-60 fps experience from just an IGP. The GPU drives the IdeaPad 720 to deliver a fluid gaming experience across a variety of today’s most popular titles. If the Radeon™ RX 560 is a little excessive for your needs, Lenovo also offers the IdeaPad 720 with the Radeon™ RX 550 instead – saving you a few dollars should you choose to sacrifice some performance. Taking into account the great speakers and brilliant LED display, it doesn’t matter whether you are video conferencing or playing games; the IdeaPad 720 is a great, well-rounded choice for all your activities.

 

Buy Now:

 

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GALLERY

 

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Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 560 Graphics
Core Clock1202 MHz
Memory clock1500 MHz
Peak Performance2.6 TFLOPs
Memory Size4 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

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[Originally posted on 01/18/18.]

 

We’re always curious to hear from gamers, especially on your superb gaming experiences powered by Radeon™ RX graphics cards. We sent a handful of gamers and streamers some Radeon RX GPUs last year to see what games they were playing—they have thriving communities of their own, so browse through their comments and follow them to see what they’re up to.

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MissesMae

 

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My name is Mae. I’m a 30 year old nurse turned full time gamer/broadcaster. I’ve been a content creator on YouTube for 6 years and have been a partnered broadcaster on Twitch for 4 years.

 

What MissesMae is Playing

 

I’m really into FPS and shooters in general. The current games I’m playing are Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege1, Call of Duty: World War II2 and Fortnite Battle Royale3.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Since I started using the Radeon RX Vega4, there were less screen tearing on the games that I play.

 

Follow MissesMae

 

You can find me on Twitch nearly everyday or catch my live stream highlights on my YouYube.

 

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SydSoGood

 

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I’ve played games for as long as I can remember, whether it was Kirby on N64 or Pokemon, but my dad sat me down and taught me how to play Halo:CE. So it was very fitting that my first stream was playing the original Destiny on release day in September 2014.

 

Video games has had such a positive impact on my life and source of meeting wonderful people. My goal since I started is to create a safe, supportive community that happens to be full of super rad people who enjoy playing games and watching me play games.

 

What SydSoGood is Playing

 

I definitely lean towards first person shooters, but I’m currently playing Call of Duty: WWII, Fortnite, PUBG5, occasionally League of Legends6, and just finished up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus7 for my YouTube channel.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Radeon RX 570 made THE BIGGEST difference for sure. My computer went from running at a 4 to a 10 just by swapping that in. I also have the AMD Ryzen8, which makes a load of difference.

 

Previously, I was only able to stream console games because my PC couldn’t handle me playing and streaming from it, but now that’s never an issue so it’s nice to be able to pull up a game and not have to think about how I’m gonna stream it because my PC can take anything that I throw at it.

 

When Destiny 29 came out on PC that was such a game changer. I don’t usually play shooters on PC (mainly because I’m so incompetent trying to aim with a mouse and keyboard), but couldn’t help myself because of how great it ran on my computer.

 

Follow SydSoGood

 

I stream Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 6:30p PT // 9:30p ET on Twitch and upload Let’s Plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays and vlogs on Saturdays!

 

Here’s where you can find me on the internet:

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Cowsep

 

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I’ve always wanted to stream – but back at my rural Indiana home the best we could get was dial-up internet. Then when I moved to Korea in 2012 as an English teacher, I was finally able to start streaming thanks to the Korean internet.

 

I’ve been a full-time streamer since 2014, streaming mostly League of Legends and producing YouTube content with highlights from my stream, as well as some occasional guides and goofs.

 

What Cowsep is Playing

 

Playing mostly League of Legends, but I do occasionally dive into other games after the main stream or between LoL queues.

 

Last year I started playing Summoners War on my phone due to a sponsorship, and I have actually been addicted to the game since.

 

I do also very much enjoy playing around in VR with my Oculus Rift, but I have been unable to fully stream this before getting the Radeon RX Vega4.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Playing League with the Radeon RX Vega has been flawless. It has actually drastically impacted my streaming too.

 

I run a bunch of custom OBS plugins and overlays on my stream that utilizes a lot of onscreen sprites and particle effects for various events (subscriptions, donations, etc.) and these have been drastically improved on the Radeon RX Vega.

 

I can now run my custom overlay setup, play League and still work on my own game in Unity and Blender at the same time without dropping a single frame.

 

I also tried out the Radeon RX Vega for my VR setup and it has been great. With my previous cards, I was not able to stream VR in 1080p 60fps without dropping a lot of frames. Now I can stream my VR experience too.

 

Follow Cowsep

 

I’m streaming every single day on Twitch: https://twitch.tv/cowsep

 

We release videos regularly throughout the week: https://youtube.com/cowsep

 

Earlier this year I started learning game development with Unity – and I have been very much into it. I am currently working on my own game named Pathtale!

 

I visit pretty much all local gaming events in Korea and I can always be found at TwitchCon and the occasional PAX in the US!

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Becky Taylor

 

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I’m a successful Marketing Manager within the video game industry. I currently work at Riot Games as the Influencer Relations Manager. In the past, I’ve worked with Reboot Game Developer Conferences, Innervate (Gamesight), 3D Realms, Tencent Boston, and Signal Studios. My history with video games started at a young age when I started building computers with my father in 1994. I grew up kicking *** on games such as Doom, Heretic, Half-Life, and Quake.

 

What Becky is Playing

 

Currently playing PUBG, of course. Also a lot of Warframe10 and Civ 611.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

The Radeon RX Vega means that I can play my games on max graphics and still have high frame rates. Games are sexy and smooth!

 

Follow Becky

 

People can mainly find me on Twitter at @omglazerkittens.

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SeltzerPlease

 

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I’ve been a fan of Twitch and Justin.tv since the early days of eSports broadcasting on the platform, and I’m a frequent sight hosting and interviewing at competitive gaming events. Most recently this summer, I’ve covered the Overwatch World Cup in Beijing and Los Angeles, Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, the Hearthstone Championship Tour at Gamescom in Germany, Tokyo Game Show in Japan, the BlizzCon All Access Channel, Hulu’s show Player vs Player, and E3, PAX East, PAX West, New York Comic Con, and TwitchCon on behalf of Twitch.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

When I’m not traveling to cover the wide world of eSports, I enjoy multiplayer shooters like Overwatch12. In my recent years, I’ve discovered the joy of strategy games like Civilization and Divinity13, and relaxing single-player adventures like Stardew Valley14 – all of which make great use of the Vega and massive curved FreeSync monitor in both detail and refresh-rate.

 

Follow Rachel

 

You can catch me covering CS:GO15 this January in Stockholm and lots of other video gaming and eSports events all year long! The best way to keep up with me is Twitter.com/SeltzerPlease!

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Elisa Melendez

 

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I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to hold a controller (shout-out to Pinball Quest and Anticipation on the NES!), but I got inspired to stream a few years ago as part of promo work I was doing for the original Rocksmith16. I fell in love with the game, and Rocksmith streams happen every Monday night to this day!

 

What Elisa’s Playing

 

Right now, I’m working my way through Super Mario Odyssey17 and am looking forward to taking The Sims 4’s Cats & Dogs18 expansion for a whirl. Of course, I’m still playing and streaming Rocksmith 2014 Remastered every week!

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Having the “Vega” in my life and learning PC building as part of our Streaming PC Building panel at this past TwitchCon was an eye-opening experience. Building your PC is more accessible than ever—and it’s not as intimidating as it might seem. I highly recommend building your own.

 

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Follow Elisa

 

If you’re interested in learning more about music, playing guitar or bass, or just want to listen to a couple of musicians being goofballs, you can check out our Rocksmith and music streams over at twitch.tv/elisarockdoc Monday and Tuesday nights at 6 PM PT/9 PM PT.

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Share your experience with us! What games are you playing on your Radeon RX graphics card?

 

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Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. © 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Tom Clancy’s, Rainbow Six, the Soldier Icon, Uplay, the Uplay logo, Ubi.com, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.
  2. © 2018 Activision Publishing, Inc. ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY WWII are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.
  3. © 2018, Epic Games, Inc. Epic, Epic Games, the Epic Games logo, Fortnite, the Fortnite logo, Unreal, Unreal Engine 4 and UE4 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All rights reserved.
  4. Radeon RX Vega 64. For more information, go to https://gaming.radeon.com/en/product/vega/radeon-rx-vega-64
  5. COPYRIGHT ©2017 PUBG CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and PUBG are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of PUBG.
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  9. © 2018 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, the Destiny Logo, Bungie and the Bungie Logo are among the trademarks of Bungie, Inc. Published and distributed by Activision. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision makes no guarantee regarding the availability of online play or features, and may modify or discontinue online services at its discretion without notice at any time. Using the software constitutes acceptance of the Destiny Software License Agreement available at http://support.activision.com/license and the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy available at http://www.bungie.net/eula. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
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  11. ©2016 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Sid Meier's Civilization, Civilization, Civ, 2K, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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  18. © 2017 Electronic Arts Inc.

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[Originally posted on 08/10/18.]

 

Capcom’s highly anticipated Monster Hunter: World is finally out on PC, much to the rejoice of keyboard-and-mouse hunters around the world. Hunting, looting, crafting—what’s not to love about taking down some monumental beasts while beefing up your own armor?

 

For AMD users, diving into this world means being prepared with our latest 18.8.1 driver which is optimized for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Here are Capcom’s recommended AMD settings to run the game at 1080p/30FPS:

CPUGPU
Minimum, Low settingAMD FX 6300Radeon™ R7 260x (VRAM 2GB)
Recommended, High settingAMD Ryzen™ 5 1500XRadeon™ RX 570 (VRAM 4GB)

 

If you want to push beyond 30FPS for a close or steady 60FPS on your AMD graphics card, here are our recommended settings (system specs1):

 

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Radeon RX 560 owners, fret not. You’ll have to scale down the resolution and settings, but I was still able to get a nice FPS average of mid-50s, hitting 60 and slightly over at times, running around with my kickass Long Sword. Make sure you go into Advanced Graphics settings and set Resolution Scaling to “Mid”, as well as scaling down the other features to “Mid”. Add a Radeon FreeSync™ monitor to your setup for smooth frames, and you’re set.

 

If you want to play at a higher resolution at 1440p, you should play on a Radeon RX Vega graphics cardfor the best experience:

 

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If you have a monitor capable of pushing 144hz, max out that refresh rate. Bonus points if you have a Radeon FreeSync monitor, which will give you an extra boost for that buttery smooth gameplay while hunting down that evasive Kulu-Ya-Ku.

 

Want to play around a bit for some extra frames? You’ll have to change your resolution and main graphics setting in the main menu, with the option to tweak features like anti-aliasing in-game. You can only change these settings in the main menu, so check these out before you enter the game:

 

  • Texture quality
  • Ambient occlusion
  • LOD bias
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Screen space reflection
  • Dynamic range

 

If you want to squeeze out a few more frames from your base settings, you can scale down features like texture, volume rendering, anti-aliasing and/or anisotropic filtering.

 

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You can also shut off foliage sway, subsurface scattering, screen space reflection and water reflection completely or a mixture of them if these details don’t matter as much to you. Personally, I like the immersion of these little details.

 

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As for your processor, we took a quick look with the Ryzen 6 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X2 paired with a Radeon RX Vega 64. Monster Hunter: World runs well on both at 1080p, High setting – roaming around the first mission, the Ryzen 5 2600X gave us a nice average of 87 FPS and the Ryzen 7 2700X ran at an average of 95 FPS. At the Highest setting, we got an average of 71 and 78 FPS respectively.

 

If you’re sporting our feisty Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega graphics, there’s some ways for you to play around with the settings as well. As long as you’re willing to compromise on a few minor tweaks, you’ll get a nice playable experience on this processor that’s no less immersive in the New World:

 

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Once your settings are good to go, you’re good to start questing. Don’t forget to download the latest driver if you haven’t done so: 18.8.1 is packed with optimizations for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Be sure to take some screenshots or recorded gameplay of your hunt in action with Radeon ReLive, and tag us at @Radeon or @AMDGaming.

 

Happy hunting!

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
  2. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, Radeon RX Vega 64, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
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Far Cry 5: Recommended Settings

Posted by dtjong Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/27/18.]

 

Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.

 

So, are you ready to lead the resistance against the fanatical cult, Eden’s Gate? Stand up to cult leader Joseph Seed, and his siblings, the Heralds, to spark the fires of resistance and liberate the besieged community.

 

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Before you start up a new game let’s setup your game resolution and quality settings to get the best possible performance and image quality based on the Radeon™ RX Series graphics card inside your system.

 

In the video settings for Far Cry 5, you’ll have the typical settings such as display resolution and refresh rate, V-sync settings and quality settings. On the Video Quality tab, any changes are reflected on the image to the right, so you can immediately see the changes it will make to your game quality. You can also modify individual graphics settings such as textures, shadows and anti-aliasing or simply use the graphics quality preset.

 

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Based on my testing with my AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X system with 16 GB of memory, I’d recommend starting off with the listed resolutions and settings below for your Radeon RX Series Graphics card.

 

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For example, on my system with a Radeon RX 570 I can achieve an average 64 frames per second (FPS) using the built-in benchmark. I found targeting about 60 FPS average using the built-in benchmark gave me the best balance of image quality and responsive feel during my testing in the actual gameplay. There are some dips below 60 FPS during more graphically intense scenes but if you’re using Radeon™ FreeSync, gameplay will still be silky smooth.

 

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If you prefer to play Far Cry 5 at a higher resolution, such as 1440p or an ultrawide display, to get to best possible experience you should be running a system with a Radeon RX VEGA class graphics card. With my system and a Radeon RX VEGA, I’m able to achieve 72 FPS average at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.

 

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While playing games at a high resolution is an amazing way to enjoy Far Cry 5, you can still enjoy the game even with our mainstream graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 560 and Radeon RX 550. I’d recommend dropping the game resolution to 900p or 768p if you’re using these graphics cards, and lowering the quality settings to normal. But at these settings, gameplay will still be perfectly smooth on the Radeon RX 560 hitting around 58 FPS on average, and while at these settings the Radeon RX 550 was only averaging about 46 FPS, the experience is still very playable and enjoyable.

 

But those are just my recommendations on getting the best gaming experience on your AMD and Radeon hardware. Now go out there and lead the resistance against Eden’s Gate in Far Cry 5.

 

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As always, head to AMD.com and make sure you are using the latest driver with the latest optimizations HERE

 

 

David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

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Introducing Project ReSX

Posted by gurman.singh Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/06/18.]

 

In recent months, we kicked off a special project inside of the Radeon™ Software group known as Project ReSX (Radeon™ eSports Experience). The goal of this project was to optimize the performance of some of the most popular PC games in the world on Radeon™ GPUs, to ensure the best possible eSports experience for Radeon graphics card owners.

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 incorporates a host of changes made possible by Project ReSX. It delivers some notable performance improvements over the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition version released late last year. With a focus on overall gaming experience, Project ReSX focused on improving FPS performance, 99th percentile frame times and click-to-response to deliver a better eSports experience. Here are some of the gains:

 

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The positive results shown above are the product of many hours of hard work from our software and engineering teams in cooperation with some of the world’s top game developers. Download Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 and experience faster, fluid and more responsive gaming for yourself!

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. 1-8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 1st, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results.

 

1. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 69.6 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 62.9 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 11% faster performance in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS.RS-216

 

2. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 117.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 114.7 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 3% faster performance in Overwatch.RS-217

 

3. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 95.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 90.8 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 6% faster performance in Dota 2. RS-218

 

4. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 19.2 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 21.1 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 9% lower 99th percentile frame times in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. RS-219

 

5. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.7 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.9 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 2% lower 99th percentile frame times in Overwatch. RS-220

 

6. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 12.3 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 13.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 7% lower 99th percentile frame times in Dota 2.RS-221

 

7. With High settings on Overwatch at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 39.5 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 41.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 4% faster click-to-response in Overwatch. RS-222

 

8. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 47.2 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 51.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 8% faster click-to-response in Dota 2. RS-223

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[Originally posted on 03/26/18.]

 

In a classic good versus evil plot line, Far Cry 51,2 takes you into the heart of Montana where it’s your responsibility to stop doomsday cult leader, and local bad guy, Joseph Seed. You won’t be able to do it alone. You’ll need to work to gain allies and build up a resistance members, all in an attempt to try and save Hope County.

 

Luckily, from the beginning, Radeon Software’s got your back. Let’s see how different software features can help you traverse Montana.

 

 

Radeon™ ReLive: Capture. Stream. Share.

 

Far Cry 5: Arcade allows you to build your own sandbox and share your creative maps with the community. With near infinite possibilities, you’ll never want to miss a moment. Use Radeon ReLive to capture, stream and share your gameplay whether you’re saving Hope County alone, with a friend, or in 12 player PvP. Here are some cool features you may want to try out while playing Far Cry 5.

 

For streamers

 

  • Chat Overlay: To stay connected with your community, Radeon Software has a real-time chat overlay which displays viewer comments from sites like Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, and YouTube, all while streaming.

 

Here is how to enable the chat overlay while streaming:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon™ Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Select a streaming platform
  5. Click “Show Chat”

 

  • Chroma Key Support: If you’ve ever wanted to get closer with your game and add effects to your stream, you can easily start by putting up a green screen and remove your webcam’s background.

 

Here is how to enable Chroma Key:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Overlay”
  4. Enable “Show Camera”
  5. Click “Use Chroma Key”

 

  • Archive stream: To create custom content and edit your stream, the archive stream button allows you to easily back up your stream to your PC. As an added benefit, all of your content will be accessible offline so you’ll always be able to relive your favorite gaming moments.

 

Here is how to Archive Your Stream:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Click “Archive Stream”

 

For recorders

 

  • Gallery: To make organizing and uploading your videos convenient, all your Radeon ReLive videos are kept in the gallery. The gallery will help you upload to various social platforms by allowing to queue up multiple videos to several different sites. It also allows you to trim your videos so that you can post only the perfect shot.

 

 

Here is how to share a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Radeon™ Connect” Tab
  3. Click on the video you would like to share
  4. Choose a social media platform
  5. Upload your video

 

Here is how to trim a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click on the video you would like to trim
  3. Click “Trim Video”
  4. Drag the toggle to select the trimmed section
  5. Save your edited video

 

  • Screenshot: Far Cry 5 is absolutely beautiful. Despite the mayhem, the forests are extremely serene. To capture those picture perfect memories. By default, you can easily press CTRL+SHIFT+E to take a quick snapshot, or use Radeon Overlay to bring up your Radeon ReLive options.

 

Here is how to enable Radeon ReLive from Radeon Overlay:

 

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Alt+R
  3. Click Radeon ReLive

 

  • Instant replay: Far Cry 5 is action-packed and you’ll never want to miss a moment. I would suggest enabling instant replay through Radeon Overlay. If you ever want to change duration or quality of your replays, you can do so in Radeon Settings.

 

Here is how to enable instant replay:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Instant Replay”

 

  • Separate microphone tracks: Perfecting microphone and game audio while recording is difficult. To make it easier, you can separate your audio tracks so that you can edit microphone or game audio whenever you want to take a break from Montana.

 

Here is how to enable separate microphone tracks:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Separate Microphone Track”

 

Enhanced Sync: Liquid-Smooth Gameplay on Any Monitor

 

All first-person shooters require ultra-fast responsiveness for precise aim, and quick reactions. Far Cry 5 is no exception. For the best, low-latency tear-free gaming experience, I would recommend enabling Radeon™ FreeSync and Enhanced Sync. Here’s a quick overview of how these features will help you game.

 

  • Radeon™ FreeSync: Removes tears and choppy gameplay within your Radeon™ FreeSync range for effortlessly smooth gameplay. If you have a Radeon™ FreeSync monitor, it will be enabled by default but just in-case you wanted to double check, below are instructions on how you can enable Radeon FreeSync:

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Settings:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Display” tab
  3. Enable “AMD FreeSync”
  • Radeon FreeSync can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hot key (Default Radeon Overlay hotkey is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon FreeSync”
  4. Enable “FreeSync”

 

  • Enhanced Sync: With a focus on ultra-fast responsiveness, Enhanced Sync enables you to have the best experience possible at any framerate. When framerate exceed your display’s refresh rate, Enhanced Sync unlocks your framerate and will only display your newest, tear-free frame. If your framerate ever drops below your displays refresh rate, Enhanced Sync delivers every frame rendered so that you never miss a beat.

 

Here’s how to enable Enhanced Sync:

 

  1. Open Radeon Settings
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click “Global Settings”
  4. Click “Wait for Vertical Refresh”
  5. Select “Enhanced Sync”
  • Enhanced Sync can also be enabled per game in app profiles

 

Enhanced Sync enables a great, ultra-responsive gaming experience. Here’s how Enhanced Sync will reduce latency in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ Chill: Cool and Quiet Frames on Countless Number of Games

 

With compelling characters and gorgeous gameplay, you’ll want to be immersed in Far Cry 5. With Radeon Chill, leave distractions like fan noises in the past. By enabling the feature, you’ll be able to lower temperatures allowing cool and quiet gameplay.

 

 

Here is how to enable Radeon Chill:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Enable “Radeon Chill”
  • Radeon Chill can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon™ Chill from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hokey (default is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon Chill”
  4. Enable “Chill” under “Global Settings”
  5. Enable “Chill” under “Game Settings”

 

Here is how Radeon Chill lowers power consumption in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ WattMan” Personalized Gameplay

 

Radeon Chill is an amazing feature for cool, quiet and responsive gaming. To create an even better experience on Radeon™ RX Vega 56 and Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics cards, try the power save mode in Radeon™ WattMan. This one-click power save mode can increase your performance per watt, giving you a better overall experience.

 

Here’s how to enable the power save mode:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Click on “Global WattMan”
  5. Enable “Power Save” mode
  6. Click “Apply”

 

Here’s how Radeon WattMan’s power save mode increases efficiency in Far Cry 5:

 

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The compelling plot, fascinating characters, beautiful scenery and everything in-between supports Far Cry 5 as an amazing addition to the iconic franchise. To try any of the features listed above, download Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.4, and begin your journey soon, Far Cry 5 releases on March 27th.

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Far Cry 5 is rated M for Mature +17. Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
  2. Far Cry 5 and logos © 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 1920x1080, with Enhanced Sync ON the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 44.8 milliseconds of responsiveness with Radeon Software 18.2.3 whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 47.5 milliseconds of responsiveness, with Enhanced Sync ON, creating a 6% faster response time in Far Cry 5 (94% of VSync ON). Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-227
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon™ Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 244.9 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 58 with Radeon™ Chill disabled, lowering power consumption by 11% (89% of default) in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-229
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.571308 FPS per watt with the power save profile enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.4322521 FPS per watt, with balanced power profile disabled, increasing efficiency by 32% in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-225

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[Originally posted on 04/17/18.]

 

Our proud pastime of PC gaming has been built on the idea of freedom. Freedom to choose. How to play the game. What to do and when to do it. And specifically, what to play it on. PC gaming has a long, proud tradition of choice. Whether you build and upgrade your own PCs, or order pre-built rigs after you’ve customized every detail online, you know that what you’re playing on is of your own making, based on your freedom to choose the components that you want. Freedom of choice is a staple of PC gaming.

 

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product. AMD is pledging to reignite this freedom of choice when gamers choose an AMD Radeon RX graphics card. These brands will share the same values of openness, innovation, and inclusivity that most gamers take to heart. The freedom to tell others in the industry that they won’t be boxed in to choosing proprietary solutions that come bundled with “gamer taxes” just to enjoy great experiences they should rightfully have access to. The freedom to support a brand that actively works to advance the art and science of PC gaming while expanding its reach.

 

The key values that brands sporting AMD Radeon products will offer are:

 

  • A dedication to open innovation – AMD works tirelessly to advance PC gaming through close collaboration with hardware standards bodies, API and game developers, making our technologies available to all to help further the industry. Through our collaboration with JEDEC on memory standards like HBM and HBM2, Microsoft on DirectX and Khronos on Vulkan, and through the GPUOpen initiative where we provide access to a comprehensive collection of visual effects, productivity tools, and other content at no cost, we’re enabling the industry to the benefit of gamers.
  • A commitment to true transparency through industry standards – Through industry standards like AMD FreeSync technology, we’re providing the PC ecosystem with technologies that significantly enhance gamers’ experiences, enabling partners to adopt them at no cost to consumers, rather than penalizing gamers with proprietary technology “taxes” and limiting their choice in displays.
  • Real partnerships with real consistency – We work closely with all our AIB partners, so that our customers are empowered with the best, high-performance, high quality gaming products and technologies available from AMD. No anti-gamer / anti-competitive strings attached.
  • Expanding the PC gaming ecosystem – We create open and free game development technologies that enable the next generation of immersive gaming experiences across PC and console ecosystems. These efforts have resulted in advancements such as AMD FreeSync adoption on TVs for Xbox One S or X, integration of forward looking “Vega” architecture features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without penalizing the competition, and inclusion of open sourced AMD innovations into the Vulkan API which game developers can adopt freely.

 

We pledge to put premium, high-performance graphics cards in the hands of as many gamers as possible and give our partners the support they need without anti-competitive conditions. Through the support of our add-in-board partners that carry forward the AMD Radeon RX brand, we’re continuing to push the industry openly, transparently and without restrictions so that gamers have access to the best immersive technologies, APIs and experiences.

 

We believe that freedom of choice in PC gaming isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.

 

 

Scott Herkelman, Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Radeon Gaming at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 04/07/17.]

 

For the past few months, we’ve been putting the spotlight on our fans for their Radeon-powered rigs—but what’s in our own?

 

We wanted to throw the spotlight on a few of our own, so rounded up some staff members at AMD to share what they have inside their PCs.

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Luís Peralta

Graphics and Web Designer

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Almost YInMn Blue RIG:

  • Monitor: ASUS PB287Q 4K
  • Case: NZXT H440 Black/Blue
  • CPU: i7-4790K
  • Board: ASRock z97 Extreme6
  • GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury X
  • SSD: Samsung SM951 AHCI m.2 256Gb
  • HDD: 2x Western Digital Black 1TB (raid0)
  • Cables: Black/Blue Sleeved Cables (power, board and pcie)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance PRO 2x8Gb 1833Mhz CL9
  • PSU: Corsair HX850i
  • Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX
  • Temperature manager: Corsair Link Commander Mini
  • RGB light: Corsair Link RGB LED Kit
  • Internal USB adapter: NZXT IU01
  • Keyboard: Ozone Blade
  • Headset: Ozone RAGE 7HX
  • Mouse: Razer Mamba 2012
  • Pad: Belkin n52te with Razer Synapse (very old, but still working)

 

My rig story is simple: Needed to update my work PC to keep following Star Citizen development. Having windows booting from a M.2 Gen3 PCIe x4 SSD was mandatory, that alone required board, cpu and ram update. Fury X was the chosen card to display the 4K beauty from Star Citizen. 1TB SSDs were not viable ($$$) back then, so for media storage I’ve gone with the best HDDs on market and installed them in raid0 config for twice the speed. Last, but not least, to do some minor OC on the CPU, I’ve got the Corsair Commander Mini, that alone monitors temperature (in both components and thermometers inside the case), controls all the case, psu and cpu cooler fans, and even controls the RGB light stripes. All that in a blue/black setup.

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Phil Park,

SMTS Design Engineer

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Paw-Power RIG:

  • CPU: Ryzen 7 1700X
  • MB: Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3
  • RAM: 16 GB (2×8 GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 14-14-14-34
  • Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX mid tower
  • GPU: XFX Radeon 480 8 GB
  • Power: EVGA 80+ Gold 650W ATX
  • Storage: Crucial MX300 1TB SSD M.2 2280 (SATA)
  • Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60

 

Even though I’ve worked on nearly every AMD CPU, this is the system I’ve been most excited about building (like I mentioned online, I’ve waited years for this day to come). When I received the parts, I told my wife that I’d wait until the weekend to finish building the system. That only lasted for 30 minutes…

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Simon Ng,
Product Manager

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Oldie But A Goodie RIG:

  • CPU: Phenom II X6 1060T
  • Motherboard: A3
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Case: Antec 900
  • GPU: Radeon R9 290X
  • PSU: Antec 850W
  • Storage: WS Black 1TB

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Gilbert Leung,

Technical Marketing Specialist

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All RIG:

  • CPU: Intel 3930k @ 5.0 GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32 GB Quad Channel @ 2400 MHz CL11
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
  • GPU: Radeon Fury X (Secret Overclock)
  • Case: Modified TJ07 (ColdZero/MurderMod)
  • Cooling: Swiftech eXtremePerformance Quad 120mm Radiator + Swiftech MCP35X Pump + EK Supreme LT CPU Block + Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-29 (3000 RPM) fans in Pull
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200

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Jake Francis
Software Engineering Technician

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Industrial Power Bill RIG:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 1700 OC 3.9GHz 1.35v
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 AM4
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X370-GAMING 5
  • RAM: Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU: 2x R9 FuryX CF 1100/575
  • Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB SSD x2
  • Storage: Radeon R7 480GB SSD
  • PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum
  • Case: NZXT H440
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 RapidFire
  • Mouse: Logitech G430 Wireless
  • Mousepad: Nixeus Type-R
  • Headphones: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus
  • DAC: Danon USB300
  • Mic: AudioTechnica ATR2500
  • BenQ XL2730z 1440p 144Hz FreeSync
  • 2x Nixeus Vue-24 1080p 144Hz FreeSync

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Liam Gallagher
Software Product Marketing

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I Haz Purring Effectz RIG:

  • CPU: i5-4590
  • GPU: MSI Twin Frozr RX 480 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 @ 2133MHz
  • Boot Drive: 256GB OCZ ARC 100
  • Storage Drive: 256GB OCZ ARC 100 & Toshiba 2TB HDD
  • Monitor: Acer 1440p 144Hz FreeSync (XG270H)
  • Headset: Philips SHP9500S
  • Mic: AudioTechnica AT2035
  • Interface: M.AUDIO Mobile Pre
  • Keyboard: Azio MGK1
  • Mouse: Mad Catz R.A.T 9

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Jason Evangelho
Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist

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LOGO. RIG:

  • Intel Core i7 5960x
  • MSI Gaming X99 AC motherboard
  • 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz
  • AMD Radeon Fury X
  • NZXT Kraken X61 CPU Cooler
  • NZXT Noctis 450 Case
  • Samsung Evo 840 1TB SSD
  • WD 2TB Caviar Black
  • Corsair RM 850W PSU

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Dmitry Shatrov

ASIC/Layout Design Engineer

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Red-Eyed Beast. RIG:

  • CPU: Intel core i5 4690K
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97-AR
  • RAM: Patriot Viper 8GB (2 x 4gb) 1866mhz CL9
  • GPU: XFX R9 290X (crossfire secondary)
  • GPU: AMD R9 290X (crossfire primary)
  • SSD: Plextor 256Gb pci-e (M.2 key)
  • HDD 1: Seagate 1TB SSHD
  • HDD 2: Seagate 1TB SSHD
  • PSU: Corsair Ax860

 

Cooling:

  • GPU blocks are aquacomputer Hawaii full cover with an active backplate, nickel-plated
  • CPU block is an XPSC Raystorm
  • Top radiator is an XPSC EX280
  • Front radiator is a Darkside EX360
  • Pump is an MCP355
  • All tubing is 3/8 5/8 EK ZMT neoprene
  • All fittings are monsoon 3/8 5/8 compression black chrome
  • Antibacterial is a pure silver plated plug

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

The launch of our Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards are imminent! Sure, we’re thrilled about the potential of our forward-looking Vega architecture and the horsepower it brings to enthusiast gamers, but our partners are equally excited. Here’s what just a few of them are saying:

 

Alienware:

“We are excited to offer AMD’s new Radeon™ RX Vega graphics technology in select Alienware desktop systems over the coming months. Alienware is committed to offering the best gaming experience at any level and we expect the new ‘Vega’ architecture with its new High-Bandwidth Cache and Cache Controller to bring gamers incredible performance thanks to its remarkably fast access to a larger virtual memory space.” – Frank Azor, VP and GM, Alienware, Dell Gaming and XPS

 

Bethesda:

“For a gamer, stepping up to a ‘Vega’ card is like having terrible vision and putting on a pair of glasses for the first time. You thought you were seeing before, but you weren’t. The level of fidelity and performance you’re going to get out of a ‘Vega’ card will make you feel like you’re playing video games again for the very first time.” – Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing, Bethesda Softworks

 

NetEase:

“Using AMD’s open source TressFX tool we were able to create beautiful and realistic hair with very smooth frame-rates. We also created stunningly beautiful volumetric fog which leveraged Vega’s new FP16 technology to achieve real-time rendering. AMD’s GPUOpen tools have helped us develop a better product and faster; a better experience for us and a better experience for gamers.” – Hu Zhi Peng, Producer on Ni Shui Han, NetEase

 

Samsung:

“AMD’s new Radeon™ RX Vega graphics cards paired with Samsung’s stunning FreeSync™-enabled monitors provide gamers with the highest fidelity and lowest latency in their favorite games. Samsung has embraced Radeon FreeSync™ technology from the very beginning, which is why we partnered with AMD on Radeon Packs, a new initiative which brings the best of Radeon™ and Samsung together at a terrific value.” – Andrew Sivori, Vice President, Consumer IT Marketing at Samsung Electronics America

 

SK Hynix:

“We’re thrilled to be playing an integral role in AMD’s return to the high-end graphics market. ‘Vega’s’ revolutionary memory architecture takes advantage of leading-edge HBM2 technology, which transfers terabytes of data every second, doubling the bandwidth-per-pin over the previous generation HBM technology. We can’t wait for gamers and professional content creators to get their hands on ‘Vega’ products. AMD has a history of bringing advanced new technologies to the mainstream, and Radeon™ RX Vega carries on that tradition.” – Kevin Widmer, VP of technical marketing, SK Hynix.

 

Sujoy Roy:

“Any gamer knows how excruciating it is when a screen tear or stutter interrupts your flow: it jolts you out of the game and, if you’re in a tournament, can be the difference between victory or defeat. I play on a 240Hz FreeSync™ monitor and I love it – I feel like I’m in the game again. It’s quite a nostalgic feeling, taking me back to the smooth silkiness of the classic CRT monitor. eSports professionals and enthusiast gamers alike demand the best performance from their GPUs to get what they need out of every frame; with a FreeSync™ monitor lit up by a Radeon™ RX Vega, you’re set.” – Sujoy Roy, the UK’s first professional gamer

 

Ubisoft:

“We’re super excited to announce that Far Cry 5 is collaborating with AMD. On Far Cry, we want to be pushing what we can do graphically. We know this brand started on PC, and we know it’s really important to the people who have been with Far Cry from the beginning. When we think about what we want to do in the future and what we want to be able to build, we want a collaborative partner that’s going to ask us where we want to go and how we want to push it. AMD gives us that.” – Dan Hay, executive producer of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft

 

RADEON RX VEGA PRODUCT SERIES

Today, a new member of the Radeon™ RX 500 Series family joins us: the Radeon™ RX 590, with higher clock speed1 in enhanced 12nm technology.

 

 

1080p Gaming and Beyond

 

Joining the Radeon™ RX 500 Series stack of graphics cards, the Radeon™ RX 590 comes with a refresh in performance for today’s games. It brings up to a 27% boost in performance over the Radeon™ RX 4802, our previous generation “Polaris” architecture-based graphics card:

 

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4125102
Civilization 68976
Destiny 29275
F1 20188368
Forza Horizon 49080
Kingdom Come Deliverance6248
Rainbow Six Siege193158
Strange Brigade9276

 

 

From these handful of games, we see a sizeable jump in performance when comparing the Radeon™ RX 590 to the Radeon™ RX 480—Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 sees a 22% jump in performance, Kingdom Come Deliverance sees 27%, Rainbow Six Siege sees 22%, etc.

 

It’s a viable upgrade for anyone with a 2+ years old GPU.

 

The Radeon™ RX 590 is Radeon VR Ready Premium and FreeSync™ technology-capable. If you own a FreeSync technology-capable monitor, our stutter-free technology will work with the GPU to keep those frames smooth. If you don’t own one yet—what are you waiting for?

 

Looking at the upgrade with our exceptional Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition updates and our Radeon™ FreeSync technology, our ecosystem’s got you covered for 1080p gaming and beyond.

 

Get Three Kickass Games with the Radeon™ RX 590 GPU

 

If you want to pepper in an even sweeter deal with the release of the Radeon™ RX 590, you can grab it in a bundle that includes three kickass games—Ubisoft’s The Division® 2 and Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5. Our Raise the Game Fully Loaded bundle is now available.

 

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These are three of the hottest games coming next year, and buying a Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card3 gets you a key to these games that’ll unlock on their respective release dates:

 

  • Resident Evil™ 2 – January 25, 2019
  • Devil May Cry™ 5 – March 8, 2019
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 – March 15, 2019

 

Pick up the bundle at a participating retailer - check here for more details.

 

Share Your Radeon™ RX 590 Shots

 

We want to see your awesome gaming highlights on the Radeon™ RX 590! Tag us in your clips of fantastic, hilarious or any moments you want to show off using Radeon ReLive—we’ll share the best ones on @Radeon.

 

Happy gaming.

 

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1. Based on AMD internal analysis in October 2018, comparing the clock speed of the Radeon™ RX 590 (1469 MHz Base/1545 MHz Boost) to the Radeon™ RX 580 (1257MHz Base/1340MHz Boost).

 

2. Testing done by AMD performance labs November 6, 2018 using an Intel i7 7700K 4.2GHz, 16GB DDR4-3000, Radeon Driver 18.11.1, Windows 10. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Using Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Very High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 125.4 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 102.7 fps. Using Civilization VI, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 89 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 76.4 fps. Using FI 2018, Ultra High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 83 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 68 fps. Using Forza Horizon 4, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 90.2 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 80.8 fps. Using Kingdom Come Deliverance, Ultra High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 62 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 48.7 fps. Using Strange Brigade, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 92.3 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 76.1 fps. Using Destiny 2, Highest settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 92.6 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 75.4 fps. Using Rainbow Six Siege, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 193.6 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 158.4 fps. RX-258

 

3. Offer available through participating retailers only. 18+ only. Following purchase, Coupon Code must be redeemed by April 6, 2019, after which coupon is void. Residency and additional limitations apply. For full Terms & Conditions, visit www.amdrewards.com.

 

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Annie Lee is Sr. Game Marketing Specialist at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 11/07/17.]

 

This month, we’re highlighting a PC featuring the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics card. We found Richard Parker’s post on /r/amd and reached out to highlight this impeccably built PC. Take a look at the photos below and hear about what inspired his snowy, sophisticated build:

 

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What inspired you to start building PCs? Do you remember the first PC you built?

 

I can comfortably say AMD inspired me to start building my own PCs, because it was just in March of this year when the Ryzen platform was released that I built my first system for personal use from the ground-up.

 

That particular machine is a very “budget home VM lab”, powered by a mildly overclocked R7 1700 and the performance has completely blown me away. I’ve been using computers since Windows 3.1 and only now did I feel like parts were cheap and powerful enough to allow me to comfortably attack projects like this on my own.

 

What’s the story behind this particular build?

 

This build let me fulfill a dream I’ve had my entire adult life dating back to when I got a taste of 3d Studio Max, AutoCAD, and Rhino in high school years ago: to own a 3D design, animation, and rendering machine that could produce results that live up to the original vision.

 

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I’ve never been able to afford a comparable system for personal use (dual Xeons, pro GPUs, etc.) and the Vega FE’s capabilities and price easily justified the decision to include it in the build alongside the Threadripper 1950x.

 

I knew I was going to tax both the CPU and GPU significantly, so I decided water cooling was a must. The price of most workstation-class GPUs and the lack of available water blocks for them made the Vega FE a no-brainer in this regard (I go into more detail on my YouTube channel and the build page on PCPartPicker for anyone who is interested).

 

Any difficult parts you were stuck on during the process?

 

I did an incredible amount of (nocturnal) research ahead of time and even went so far as to completely design the computer in 3D before anything was purchased to make sure the physical design would work at the most basic level. Specifically, the massive 480mm radiator is not listed as being officially supported by the case manufacturer.

 

I saw one (bad cell phone) picture on a lonely forum post on overclock.net of someone attempting a similar config and succeeding only in a very questionable capacity. That single image was enough for me to commit to the design and project.

 

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The water loop’s reservoir mounts and spacing required custom-length screws, which was new territory for me and thankfully turned out to be a fun little project in the garage with a hacksaw after a trip to the local hardware store.

 

I also lacked the detailed specs I needed from the case manufacturer ahead of time. The GPU tray needed to be modified on the fly (more surgical use of a hacksaw) to move the GPU as far forward/away from the CPU as possible, to comfortably allow the related tubing run between those two components.

 

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I went ahead and edited down, and posted my entire build with commentary on my YouTube channel in a single playlist showing the issues I ran into along the way. This included the CPU water block nearly ending the project long before flipping the power switch on for the first time. Disassembling, painting, and reassembling the Vardar fans was a very sincere “effort,” as well.

 

What help or resources did you use?

 

I completely devoured several YouTube channels with water-cooling content over the course of a short few weeks, while designing the build in 3D (Rhino).

 

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I also leaned heavily on Reddit’s water-cooling community, which was both unbelievably patient and enormously generous with their time and knowledge. PCPartPicker was also an invaluable resource.

 

The excitement surrounding the idea of building the computer I’d always wanted kept me very, very motivated. Sitting here at my desk now, enjoying the final product, and reflecting on the entire build effort—it’s still really hard for me to put into words what this computer means to me.

 

Why did you go with Radeon?

 

I haven’t taken gaming seriously in recent years because the related components have, in my opinion, been inflated on the price side. I’ve been perfectly happy to wait for the games’ prices to drop significantly before playing them on last year’s hardware. Before this project, I simply hadn’t ever bought a new desktop computer.

 

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I did, however, get a 5770 in a second-hand machine a few years ago and it ran the original Skyrim like a dream. That same GPU is now singing very happily in the VM lab build from earlier this year, alongside the R7 1700. My experience gaming with that GPU, along with the reasons I already mentioned, supported the decision to go with Radeon for this computer. I expect the Vega Frontier Edition to be able to hold its own for several years to come.

 

What games got you into PC gaming?

 

The King’s Quest series and Wing Commander. Past that, games that come to mind are the original Command & Conquer games, the original Warcraft series, and I had thousands of hours with my friends on the original Half-Life multiplayer and the early versions of Counter Strike before Steam ever existed.

 

What games are you currently playing? Which upcoming ones are you most excited for?

 

Recently, I’ve been enjoying the absolute chaos available in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with friends. But I have to play that game in moderation, because playing in 4K is both new and different to me. Ghost Recon Wildlands is generally just a beautiful experience. I am really excited to play back through many games from my past like, the Far Cry series, Skyrim with new textures, Dying Light, several Wolfenstein titles, and so many others. For upcoming games, the sky is the limit. I’m really excited about the new Wolfenstein release.

 

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I intend to spend a lot of time in games that I can create myself now, using various design platforms and dumping everything into my own environments in Unreal Engine.

 

I describe these projects/current ideas to others right now as a vacation that won’t require a plane ticket. My introduction to VR will likely be a part of those projects in the coming months. I’m especially looking forward to recreating some favorite locations from my childhood and building my own virtual movie theater, possibly situated very high up in a very large tree and with very large dinosaurs walking around on the ground below me :]

 

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What do you think of Richard’s build? To find out more about the PC, you can follow him on Twitter, YouTube or check out his PCPartPicker build page here.

 

We’re also looking for more builds to highlight, so tag us on social media with your photos and you might be our next Featured Radeon Rig:

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Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

Written by Annie Lee and Jason Evangelho

 

Radeon is back in the high-end gaming space with Radeon RX Vega, and we can’t wait to dig in and start playing!

 

At Radeon Technologies Group we’re invested in making the overall gaming experience better, because we live and breathe gaming too! We’re obsessed with our rigs. We share tips and tweaks. We count down the minutes until our most anticipated titles are released. Like you, we’re constantly striving to extract the best performance from our systems, and proudly show off our unique rigs to the world.

 

For enthusiasts, the hardware we use to game can be an equally important aspect of our gamer identity. Now new hardware is within reach.

 

What Radeon RX Vega Means for You

 

Gamers are passionate about the industry and know exactly what they want: mind-blowing visuals, maximum framerates, and high resolutions. As enthusiasts, we’re always trying to push our settings and systems to the limit. Those limits, of course, are usually enforced by your hardware.

 

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Battlefield 1 screenshot officially released by EA/DICE

 

The arrival of our next-gen enthusiast graphics cards means we can go a little bit farther than before, with the “Vega” architecture opening new doors for game developers to push the limits of their imaginations.

 

At the heart of Radeon RX Vega GPUs is the revolutionary High-Bandwidth Cache Controller. This new feature allows for larger memory capacities, making Radeon RX Vega GPUs smart, fast and designed to break through traditional GPU memory limitations.

 

 

And together with its next-generation geometry path and enhanced pixel engine, the focus is on speed and precision in demanding games, capable of effortlessly carrying you into high-performance bliss.

 

With game engines shifting to the latest generation APIs, DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®, Radeon RX Vega graphics are poised to deliver outstanding performance for future-ready gaming.

 

Take a closer look at the complete list of Radeon RX Vega’s new technologies.

 

The Essential Trichotomy of Gaming

 

Even though Radeon RX Vega brings thrilling possibilities to how far we can push our visuals, there are several other factors shaping the ultimate gaming experience. Radeon has a solution for all of them.

 

It’s simple: hardware + software + displays = the essential trichotomy of gaming.

 

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A powerful graphics card can do incredible things on its own, but add to it an ecosystem of equally powerful partners and you have a technologically harmonic, incredible gaming machine.

 

With the power of Radeon FreeSync Technology and advanced Radeon Software, the possibilities with Vega graphics are endless:

  • Bask in the brilliance of high fidelity gaming at ultrawide, 1440p and 4K with Radeon™ FreeSync displays. You’ll minimize tearing, latency, and stutter.1
  • Witness supercharged performance with leading-edge Radeon Software features like Radeon Chill enabling quiet, responsive gaming.
  • Experience premium VR immersion with cinematic capabilities, powered by AMD LiquidVR™ technology2

 

 

Our FreeSync technology is continuing to reward gamers with stutter-free, fluid gameplay without its competitor’s steeper prices. Radeon FreeSync 23 delivers smooth gameplay with stunning HDR pixel quality, and keeps gameplay at low latency without sacrificing framerates. Beginning with Samsung CHG70 and the ultrawide, curved CHG90, gamers will have greater options than ever to achieve a visually incredible experience.

 

Radeon Software 17.7.2’s release last week was our biggest this year and unleashed more features than ever. Ongoing driver support is one of our top priorities, ensuring gamers will have the most up-to-date tools for Radeon RX Vega—consistently.

 

 

The Radeon Ecosystem: Making the Games Shine

 

With Radeon RX Vega, our foray into today’s most graphically-intense games is one of discovery—what we see, how fast we can go, and ultimately how we play. That’s what this all comes down to: the games themselves.

 

With highly anticipated titles like Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus4 and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 55 around the corner, Radeon RX Vega’s synergy with FreeSync and Radeon Software is more exciting than ever.

 

 

 

Equip your rig with a Radeon RX Vega graphics card and you’re more than prepared. Journey into your favorite worlds with striking detail, whether you’re exploring Talos I in Prey6, collecting conquests in Civilization VI7 or preparing to save Hope County (with a canine companion, maybe) in Far Cry 5

 

The experience is yours to take. Defy convention. Choose the future. Choose Radeon RX Vega.

 

For more on Radeon RX Vega, make sure you’re following our social channels:

Twitter: @Radeon

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Instagram: @WeAreRadeon

 

 

Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the timing, features, functionality, availability, expectations, performance, and benefits of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics products, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as “would,” “may,” “expects,” “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects” and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD’s control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 1, 2017.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. Compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9, DirectX®11, DirectX®12 and Vulcan games for Windows®7/10. For more details and whitelist of supported games, see www.radeon.com/chill. GD-121
  2. AMD LiquidVR available on Radeon VR Ready Premium Products, which are select Radeon GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice. PC/System manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different VR results/performance. Check with your PC or system manufacturer to confirm VR capabilities. GD-102
  3. FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105
  4. Wolfenstein® images and logos © 2017 Bethesda Softworks® LLC, a ZeniMax® Media company. Developed in association with MachineGames®. Wolfenstein and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. MachineGames, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
  5. Far Cry® images and logos © 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.
  6. Prey® images and logos © 2017 Bethesda Softworks® LLC, a ZeniMax® Media company. Developed in association with Arkane® Studios. Prey, Arkane, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved. All other trade- marks or trade names are the property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.
  7. Sid Meier’s Civilization® images and logos ©2017 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Sid Meier’s Civilization, Civilization, Civ, 2K, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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[Originally posted on 03/06/17.]

 

Recently, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios hosted a series of worldwide events to preview their upcoming game Prey. Since the project was first announced at E3 2016, fans have been excited to see how the mad-genius developers at Arkane would reimagine the Prey universe. Fans of the Dishonored series of games will be particularly well versed on Arkane’s attention to excellent storytelling and interactivity along with their ability to integrate RPG elements into a strong first-person combat experience.

 

The Radeon team was lucky enough to be asked to participate in these events. Not only did all of the demonstration systems run on AMD Radeon graphics, but two select AMD employees were also given the opportunity to preview the game at both the West Coast and East Coast legs of the Prey preview tour. Check out our thoughts below.

 

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Jason Megit, NYC event:

 

Multiple snowstorms and the resulting flight delays could not stop me from making my way to Manhattan to get a special sneak preview of Prey. I was not only intrigued by Arkane Studios’ take on Prey, but I am also a fan of a lot of their previous work!

 

I entered the venue and was instantly greeted by a team of Bethesda employees. There were 15 identically configured AMD Radeon-equipped rigs set up throughout the room, all sitting on the title screen for Prey. Pleasantries were exchanged, but it did not take me long to take a seat and give Prey a try!

 

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The playable demonstration showcased the first hour of the game and I was immediately enthralled by the experience. I have tested many early-builds of games over the years, and it is quite rare to witness a game so well optimized and polished months out from its release.

 

After spending just under an hour with the game, I can tell you that I am most excited for the following:

  • The story: this game is story-driven and there are clearly going to be some twists and turns to the plot. If you are the type of gamer (like me) who likes to read every document and comb through every computer terminal to learn more about the game’s universe, you will likewise be thrilled.
  • Combat: There are some really interesting guns in this game. I won’t give any more away – but the games developers clearly had a lot of fun coming up with some truly unique and creative gun choices.
  • Graphics: You start the game in a training facility. All things appear normal, until it suddenly becomes clear that what you thought was real is instead more like a holodeck-type experience. And once you realize you’re aboard Talos I, you’re treated to a unique vision of a futuristic space station. It’s awe-inspiring to see the work put into creating a futuristic San Francisco skyline too!
  • Performance: As I said earlier, the game is already really well optimized. Framerates were smooth and consistent. The gameplay experience was likely assisted by Bethesda’s use of AMD FreeSync displays to ensure that there was zero frame tearing and consistently smooth framerates!

 

Liam Gallagher, San Francisco and L.A. events:

 

Since Prey’s reveal trailer released at E3 2016, I’ve been ever-enthralled by its groundhog-day like concept and unique game dynamics. Zero gravity, aliens that turn into environmental objects and a glue gun to fight them with – what else could I ask for on a futuristic space station!

 

Having the opportunity to fly down to S.F and L.A as an AMD rep at the first Prey influencer showcasing brought back the giddy feeling of playing my first-ever game as a kid, Pokemon Gold on Game Boy Color. Oh, what pure excitement that gave me! And if that wasn’t enough already, I had the humbling opportunity of meeting Raphael Colantonio, Creative Director of Prey, and Ricardo Bare, Lead Designer of Prey. Quite a unique opportunity this became – one I’ll be sure to remember for the rest of my life!

 

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Now for those of you who are serious fanboys/fangirls of Arkane Studios’ previous games, I know you can attest to the fact that they’re ridiculously immersive. Prey surpassed my expectations. It lets you decide how you would like to play the game: Are you a run-n-gun player? A stealthy character who hides in the shadows? Or, are you going to take advantage of the futuristic weapons and devise some entirely new strategy? The beauty of Prey is that ALL of these character types work – there’s no wrong way to play the game! This so intrigued me that I had to get myself back on one of the AMD PC’s to play through a second and, of course… a third time. Each experience was different; I found new rooms, new weapons and new side-stories that I missed in an earlier play-through.

 

As you’re reading this on Radeon.com, I’m sure you’ve come here for more than our opinion and take on the game! How was the performance? Will my rig be enough? How many sweet, sweet frames can I pump out of my shiny new Radeon graphics card? Well, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for that news – but be sure to come back, as we will have more details for you in the near future.

 

My inside take as an AMD rep playing on the same hardware as the press/media influencers was twofold: 1) The game ran unbelievably smooth on the AMD FreeSync display and 2) For an early build of the game, I experienced no FPS spikes!

 

But hey, don’t take only my word for it, check out what some of the media has been saying:

 

See the official trailer below:

 

 

Jason Megit is Technical Marketing Manager for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

Liam Gallagher is Software Marketing Coordinator for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

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